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Vicki Lee Craig

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Vicki Lee Craig

Age 44, of 75 Hartway Rd., Walkersville, WV was taken to Heaven by the angels on Friday, June 20, 2014 from Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown.

She was born in Weston on November 16, 1969, daughter of the late David King and Veronica (Dye) King.

On July 24, 2007 she married Jody Lynn Craig.

Vicki is survived by her husband, Jody; three daughters; Bobbie Renae Nixon, Mindy Michelle Nixon and Jazmin Paige King; all of Walkersville; one step son Ryan Morgan Craig of Weston, WV; six grandchildren; Brailyn Nichole Skinner, twins: Jordan Tyler and Brycen Wayne Skinner, Victoria Marcelle Lowther, Mya Lee Craig and Madelyn Noel Turner, two brothers; Dave King and French King, two sisters; Tina Chapman and Tabby Funk and several cousins.

In addition to her parents, she had one daughter, Shauna Nichole Nixon predeceased her.Vicki had many hobbies in life.

She loved to fish, raise flowers, bird watch, and enjoy the beauty of angle pictures and statues.

She was a Baptist by Faith.

Her true love in life however was her husband and family. She devoted her life to them, being the best wife and mother she could be.

Family and friends will gather for Graveside Services on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Peterson Cemetery of Weston, WV with Reverend Jay Burkhart officiating.

Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Vicki Lee Craig.

Theodore D. “Ted”  Wright Jr.

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Theodore D. “Ted”  Wright Jr.

Age 59 of Right Trace Fork Road, Big Springs, West Virginia, departed this life at 3:05 PM, Friday, June 20, 2014 at the Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, West Virginia, following a short illness.

Born April 06, 1955 in Escanaba, Michigan, son of the late Theodore Delbert Sr.  and Lorraine Randall Wright.

Theodore was an over the road truck driver for most of his working life and worked the last year at Appalachian Piping.  He enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Ted loved horses, camping, spending time outdoors, and watching John Wayne movies.

He was a Baptist by faith and a member of the Sand Fork Baptist Church.

On July 02, 1987 Ted was united in marriage to Lorraine H. (Westlund) Wright, who survives at their Trace Fork Home.

Surviving are 6 children, David Westlund and wife Bridget of Bark River, Michigan, Charlotte Taylor of Ovid, Michigan, Christopher Wright of Indiana, Suzan Hall and husband Jamey of Cedarville, West Virginia, Lorrie Beth Wright of Ovid, Michigan, and J. Mike Wright of Big Springs, West Virginia, and 10 grandchildren, Isaac, Jacob, Haley, Hannah, and Madalynn Westlund, Austin and Trace Taylor, Miranda and Hunter Hall, and Lilly Wright.

There are also 5 siblings surviving, Pete McWhorter and wife Pat of Meridian, Mississippi, Kelvin Wright of Big Rapids, Michigan, Flora Koster of Big Rapids, Michigan, Dale Wright of Baltimore, Maryland, and Edward Wright of Big Springs, West Virginia.

Along with his parents Ted was preceded in death by 1 son, Theodore D. Wright III, and 2 siblings, Royal Randall and Mike Wright.

Ted’s request for Cremation has been honored and a Celebration of Life will be held at the Sand Fork Baptist Church at 1:00 PM Tuesday June 24, 2014 with Rev Phil Wilson officiating.

Burial of his ashes will be in Rapid River, Michigan at a later date.

The Family requests in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn, Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351 to help pay funeral expenses.

Jase Joseph Perry

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Jase Joseph Perry

21 day old infant, of Jeremy Perry and Tiffany Tomaro of Jane Lew, WV was taken to Heaven by the angels on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown.

He was born in Morgantown, WV on May 29, 2014.

Jase is survived by one sister Alexis Paige Perry of Buckhannon.

Jase is survived by his maternal grandparents are Robert Tomaro of Weston and Erika Engelhardt of Clarksburg and great grandparents: Evelyn Greaver of Hookstown, PA and the late Forest Greaver and the late Bob and Glenna Tomaro.

He is also survived by one aunt: Toni (Edsel) Davis of Moorehead City, NC, Anthony (Debbie) Tomaro of Weston and several cousins.

Jase is survived by paternal grandparents: Donna and Steve Smith of Jane Lew and great grandparents: the late Alvin and Betty McCartney. He is also survived by two aunts: Rachel (Jeff) Law and Lily Smith both of Weston, two uncles: Joey McCartney and Jacob Smith both of both of Weston and several cousins.

Although Jase was only on this earth for a short time, his family will have an empty spot for a long time. He will be greatly missed.

Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 12 Noon until 1 PM.

Graveside services was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew, WV with Reverend Clifford West officiating, following visitation.

Interment followed services in the family plot.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Jase Joseph Perry.

Loretta Chalfant Ingle

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Loretta Chalfant Ingle

Went to be with the Lord Sunday, June 08, 2014 at her home in Apple Valley California after a battle with cancer.

Loretta was born January 23, 1936 in Lewis County, WV: the daughter of Carolyn Tucci and Eugene Chalfant.

Her family moved to Burbank, California after WWII, where she attended John Burroughs High School.

Loretta worked at the City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, California for several years.

She married Jay Ingle, a Fresno Fire Fighter on October 19, 1974.

Jay and Loretta resided in Fresno, California for years before beginning their journey throughout the U.S.

Loretta is survived by her loving husband, Jay; daughters, Vicki (Jeff) Carlson, Jill (John) Hunt; grandchildren, Heather Hunt, Jennifer Vogt, Jeremy Hunt and Lindsey Carlson; and a beloved niece, Carolyn Chalfant, daughter of her brother.

She leaves behind many loving cousins.

Graveside services were held Friday, June 13, at Belmont Memorial Park in Fresno, California.

Remembrances may be made in memory of Loretta to Susan G. Komen, Central Valley, PMB 551, 5730 North First St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93710.

John Forest Shaver

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John Forest Shaver

Age 84, of Napier, WV, passed away at his residence on June 12, 2014 following an extended illness.

He was born on February 01, 1930: a son of the late Oscar “Buck” Shaver and Ruby (Boyce) Shaver.

In addition to his parents John was preceded in death by one infant sister, Ruby Jean Shaver; a brother, James M. Shaver; and his youngest daughter, Sandra L. Shaver.

John is survived by his loving wife of 65-years Rose Riffle Shaver; also two daughters, Suzan Marple and Wayne of Ireland, Patricia Ratliff and Lonnie of Weston; four grandchildren, Lori (Rich) Reed of Bridgeport; Amy (Tom) Fishbaugh of Clarksburg, Julie Oldaker of Weston; Jodi (Jeffrey) Wayts of Clarksburg; nine great-grandchildren, Bethany Reed, Trey Reed, Alex Reed, Seth Fishbaugh, Emma Fishbaugh, Abby Oldaker, Lizzy Oldaker, Cooper Rose Wayts and Wesley Wayts. Also surviving is one sister, Lynn (Gary) Jeffries; and sister-in-law, Jenny Shaver.

John was a self-employed mechanic, timberman and driller and he had his own wrecker service. Prior to these trades, John had 28-years as an electrician with the IBEW. John was very proud of his Navy military service aboard the destroyer USS Charles R. Ware. John loved his family and friends and loved hosting cookouts, chicken roasts, fish fry’s and breakfast in the park. He was a great lover of animals particularly his dogs and cats and had many special companions throughout his life. He is missed by Tinker and Cali his current dog and cat. He also had a great love of the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Friends called at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home 378 Flatwoods Corner Road in Flatwoods, 26621 on Saturday, June 14.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 15, at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jason Allen and Pastor Lonnie Ramsey officiating.

Interment followed services in the Tichenel Cemetery with full Military Honors conducted by the American Legion Post 33.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home will be caring for the Shaver family.

Rose Lea Posey

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Rose Lea Posey

Age 83, a resident of Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew, WV, formerly of the Homewood Addition of Weston, WV, passed away at 1:33 AM on Thursday June 19, 2014 following an extended illness.

She was born in Lewis County, WV on May 05, 1930 a daughter of Archie Posey and Carrie Belle Post Posey.

She is survived by one sister, Joan Hinkle of Jane Lew; three nieces: Norma Robinson of Buckhannon, Marsha Lynn DeVecchis of Weirton, Kathi Posey of CO; one nephew, Mark Hinkle of Branson MO; one great niece, Amanda Shafer; and four great nephews: Tyler Hinkle, Eric DeVecchis, Grayson Shreve, and Justin Sofilkanich; one great great nephew, Thomas DeVecchis; and one adopted daughter, Charlene Wiant of Weston.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Roy Posey; and one niece, Lee Ann Sofilkanich.

Rose was employed by the WV Glass Specialty Company for several years. She was a member of the Fern Rebekah Lodge #101 of Weston for over 50 years.

She was a member of the Bendale United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed watching soap operas, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek rd. in Jane Lew from 10-11 AM on Saturday June 21, 2014.

Funeral services will follow at 11AM with Reverend Mike Riffle officiating. Interment will follow in the Machpelah Cemetery in Weston.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Rose Posey.

Dollie Mae Barber

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Dollie Mae Barber

Age 89, of Upperco, MD passed on June 12, 2014 in Long View Nursing Home, Manchester, MD.

She was born on April 30, 1925 in Sutton, WV to the late John L. and Mary Alice Harris Dillon.

She was married to the late James Barber.

She was a graduate of Sutton High School and loved bluegrass music and astrology. She enjoyed playing the slots at Charlestown Casino. She lived in Upperco for 50 years.

She is survived by her son James Scott Barber of Hanover, sister in laws Mary Dillon of Elmira, OH and Faye Barber, nieces Carol Dillon of Poplar Ridge, WV and Teresa Kay and her husband Frank Staub of Finksburg.

Service was held at the Eline Funeral Home, 11824 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, MD on Monday, June 16, 2014 11:00 AM.

Raymond A. Smith

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Raymond A. Smith

Age ge 73, of Grafton, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on Monday June 09, 2014.

Raymond was born January 11, 1941 in Weston, WV.

He was a resident of Grafton, Ohio for more than 40-years, where he and his wife Joyce, of 51-years, raised their family.

Raymond was a member of the Grafton Baptist Church.

He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, fishing, spending time with his family, working in the yard and being outdoors with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

As a young man in Weston, he worked at the Colonial Glass Factory until moving to Ohio. Ray worked for Timms Spring Manufacturing in Elyria, Ohio for 32-years until his retirement in 2004. After taking a few years off for retirement, he went to work for Midview Schools for three-years. He currently worked at Whirlaway Manufacturing in Wellington, Ohio. He will be greatly missed by his family.

He is survived by his wife Joyce Carson Smith, sons Raymond (Tammy) Smith of Grafton, Ohio, Randy (Becky) Smith of Elyria, Ohio; brothers, Darrell Smith of Jackson, Ohio, Larry (Linda) Smith of LaGrange, Ohio and Jimmy (Sharon) Smith of Grafton, Ohio.
Survivors also include five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Marguerite Smith; sister, Janet Moss and brother, Clarence D. Smith.

Friends were received in the Blackburn-Duke Funeral Home, 1021 Main St, Grafton, Ohio on Thursday, June12, from 2 - 4 PM and 7 - 9 PM.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 13, at 11 AM in the Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, 39888 Parsons Road in Grafton, Ohio, with Pastor Joe Dossa officiating.

Burial was held in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the funeral home.

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Bernice Hatfield Sommerville

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Bernice Hatfield Sommerville

Age 94, passed June 16, 2014 at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville, WV.

She was born December 30, 1919 in Harrisville, WV, the daughter of the late Edgar Ivan and Hallie Jean Heckert Hatfield.

Mammaw B as she was affectionately known by many, graduated from Harrisville High School in 1937. She worked at the former Myles Manufacturing in Harrisville, Pine View Nursing Home and in later years as a correspondent for the Pennsboro News.

She was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church where she had been active in the Friendship Class and United Methodist Women.

She enjoyed golfing and travelling the world. She loved playing cards with her friends and time spent with her family.

She is survived by a daughter, Donna Rae Mullenix (Denver) of Harrisville; a son, Jon Jay Sommerville (Janet Eppert) of Parkersburg; five grandchildren, Steve Mullenix (Priscilla) and Pam Mossor (Donnie Miracle) of Harrisville; Paul Mullenix (Lori) of Belmont, Kim Adams (Tim) and Lisa Dornick (Greg) all of Parkersburg; seven great-grandchildren, Jennifer Pittman (Mike), Holly Dukich (Chris), Adam Mullenix (Bethany), Missy Sarine (Willie), Jenessa Mullenix, Kyle Adams, and Katie Jo Dornick; nine great-great-grandchildren, Addie, Alyvia and Ayden Pittman, Natalie and Nathaniel Dukich, Chloe Sigmon, Makayla and Lillian Mullenix and Sofia Sarine; and her beloved poodle, Baby.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Douglas Sommerville; and sister, Mida Grose.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 PM, Sunday June 22, 2014 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Harrisville with Rev. John Frum officiating.

Friends may call at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville Saturday from 4:30-8 PM.

In following her wishes she will be cremated.

Betty (DeGoines) Byrd

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Betty (DeGoines) Byrd

Age 77, of Harrisville/Walker, WV, passed on Monday, June 16, 2014, at her home.

She was born April 23, 1937, in Walker, WV, to the late Frank and Lena (Heldreth) DeGoines.

Betty was an antique car enthusiast; she enjoyed restoring and showing her ‘67 Corvair. She enjoyed her career with H&R Block. She owned and operated a flower shop in Parkersburg for a short time. She loved to sew, cook and make homemade bread.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Ray V. Byrd; one daughter, Dianna Hewitt (Vance) of Walker, WV; one son, Frank Byrd of Walker, WV; two grandchildren, Jay Hewitt (Aliza) of Fairmont, WV, and MacKenzie Byrd of Walker, WV; two great-grandchildren, Van Hewitt and Summerlee Hewitt, both of Fairmont, WV; 9 brothers and sisters; and several special nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one grandson; two brothers; and two sisters.

Memorial contributions in Betty’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

The funeral service will be 11 AM Friday, June 20, at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Randall Fuson officiating.

Burial will follow the service at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Walker, WV.

Visitation will be 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM, Thursday, June 19, at the funeral home.

Dorsalee “Dock” Clarence Hunt

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Dorsalee “Dock” Clarence Hunt

Age 77, of Rosedale, WV, passed away June 16, 2014 at Hospice Care in Elkins, WV.

He was born June 29, 1936, in Calhoun County, WV, a son of the late Everett Clarence and Lona Justice Hunt.

He was Veteran of the United States Marine Corp and a retired truck driver.

He is survived by his wife, Polly; son Steven Hunt of Belington, WV; daughters, Carolyn Hunt of Creston, OH, Lona Becker of Medina, OH and Sherry Lee Brockmyer of Sacramento, CA; brother Fred Hunt of Austin, TX; sisters Georgia Hammond of West Park, FL and Betty McQuiggen of Akron, OH, Deanna Harrington of Cuyahoga Falls, OH as well as ten grandchildren.

Funeral services with military rites will be held Friday June 20, 2014, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg.

Burial will follow in the Cottrell Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 6:00-8:00 PM and from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Friday prior to the services.

Marlyn J. Smith

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Marlyn J. Smith

Age 81, of Ashland, KY, formerly of Pennsboro, WV, (Mountain Community), departed this life on Tuesday, June, 17, 2014, at the Boyd Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, in Ashland, KY.

Marlyn was born January 06, 1933 in Mole Hill, WV (now known as Mountain, WV) a daughter of the late James Herbert and Margie Fay (Wilson) Jones.

She was a graduate of the former Pennsboro High School with the class of 1951 and went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Glenville State College. Marlyn spent her life as a teacher most notably in the Ritchie and Tyler County school systems having taught at the Arthur I. Boreman, Wick, and Creed Collins Elementary schools. She also taught at the WV School for the Deaf & Blind in Romney, WV, and was a member of Harvest Time Ministries of Pennsboro.

She is survived by her two sons, Eric Scott Smith and Alex Craig Smith both of Ashland, KY; her sister, Maryless Haymond and husband Floyd of Ashland, KY, as well as 4 loving grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert R. Smith and two sisters, Elizabeth Ann Jones & Mary Lee Taylor.

Funeral services will be 1 PM, Friday, June 20, 2014, at the McCullough Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with the Pastors John & Chad Kopshina officiating.

Burial will follow the service in the Mole Hill Cemetery, near Pennsboro.

Visitation will be from 11 AM - 1 PM on Friday, at the funeral home.

Roberta Lou “Bobbi” Montgomery

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Roberta Lou “Bobbi” Montgomery

Age 67 of WV Hwy 5 East, Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life Monday, June 16, 2014 at her residence following a sudden illness.

Born December 12, 1946 in Gilmer County, West Virginia, daughter of the late Robin Powell and Haley Jean Hayes.

Bobbie was a member of the Glenville Church of Christ.

Before becoming disabled, she worked at the Gilmer County Senior Center as the Activity Director. She enjoyed playing cards, attending family reunions, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. While she was able, Bobbie was very active in the Senior Center and was always willing to help anyone that needed it.

On May 28, 1965 she was united in marriage to David Montgomery who survives.

Surviving are 4 children, Robin Renee Swiger and husband Bill of Germany, Belinda Sue Burkhammer and husband Ronnie, Rick Montgomery and wife Misty, and Jeff Montgomery and wife Paulette all of Weston, West Virginia. There are 6 grandchildren, Sean Swiger, Nathan Montgomery and companion Jessica, Brittany Burkhammer, Dakota Burkhammer and wife Ashley, Anthony Montgomery, and Braden Montgomery, 2 great-grandchildren, Greyson Burkhammer and Elijah Montgomery, and 1 sister, Lori Dennison also surviving.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, West Virginia, 26351 at 11:00 AM Friday June 20, 2014 with Pastor Noel Roberts officiating.

Burial will follow in the Snyder Cemetery on Sliding Run Road.

Friends may call from 5:00-8:00 PM Thursday June 19, 2014 at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc is assisting the family of Roberta Lou “Bobbie” Montgomery with arrangements.

Emogene Stansberry

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Emogene Stansberry

Age 73, of Glenville, WV, passed June 16, 2014 at her residence.

She was born March 18, 1941 at Hardbarger Run, Ritchie County, WV, the daughter of the late Harley and Hazel Jones Hardbarger.

She was a member of Burnt House United Methodist Church and loved to read and watch birds.

Emogene is survived by her children, Mawahna Gifford of Smithville, Arnold Stansberry, (Marcia) of Smithville, Dorna Fleming (Freddie) of Big Springs, Judy Stansberry (Lyle) of Elizabeth, Douglas Stansberry (Mary) of Smithville, Charlotte Ferguson (Lee) of West Union, Rodney Stansberry (Lori) of TN, Jonathan Stansberry (Willa) of Smithville, Betsy Mitchell (Jeff) of Harrisville, and Joel Stansberry of KY; Fifteen grandchildren; One great-grandson; four step grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; and sisters, Glenda Tanzey and Patsy Hodge (Bob), all of Harrisville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe L. Stansberry; brothers, Denton Vincent, Ralph Hardbarger and Dennis Hardbarger; and sisters, Mary Lou Sweet and Betty Prunty.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Rev. Mike Hardbarger officiating.

Burial will follow in the Lawford Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home, Wednesday from 4-8 PM.

Dr. Luis Amancio Almase

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Dr. Luis Amancio Almase

Age 83, of Weston, WV, passed away Tuesday morning, June 17, 2014, at approximately 6:35 AM, at Crestview Manor Nursing Home.

He was born in Cebu City, Philippines, on October 16, 1930, to Vicente and Filomena Almase.

He was the second of their five children, two of whom predeceased him, Arturo Almase and Remedios Calinawan.

He is survived by his brother Teodoro Almase and sister Virginia Gallego who reside in the Philippines.

Luis attended Cebu College of the University of the Philippines and graduated with a Liberal Arts degree in 1950. He went on to the College of Medicine at the University of the Philippines, graduating with distinction in 1955. Luis then completed his surgical residency at Harlem Hospital, New York City, and obtained his board certification for General Surgery in 1968. Shortly thereafter, he went back to the Philippines and began a family practice. Then in 1972, Luis returned to the United States, joining Dr. Trinkle and Dr. Pascasio in their Weston practice.

In 1973, he established Almase Medical Office, located at 233 Center Avenue, Weston. In addition to his solo practice, Luis served as a West Virginia ringside physician during the 1970s, and was later appointed Lewis County Medical Examiner, serving in that post from 1980 to 2002. He also served as the WV State Medical Association Regional President in 1982. He closed his practice in 2005 but remained very active professionally, working as a part-time physician at various correctional institutions in the state and at the Manchin Health Care Center in Fairmont. Luis cared for so many people during his career, which included delivering hundreds of babies and making countless house calls to patients.

Luis had seven children: Albert Almase of Cebu City, Philippines; Isabel Almase of Orange, California; Kristina Almase, deceased; Caesar Almase of Las Vegas, Nevada; Armando Almase of Weston, West Virginia; Aaron Almase of Weston, West Virginia; and Maria Almase of Morgantown, West Virginia. He was blessed with ten grandchildren: Tricia Almase of Los Angeles, California; Rhodalyn Garcia of Miami, Florida; Albertson Almase, deceased; Kristina Almase, deceased; Nina Almase of Sahuarita, Arizona; Hannah Bock of Las Vegas, Nevada; Alessandro Almase of Las Vegas, Nevada; Kaida Almase of Weston, West Virginia; Aidan Almase of Weston, West Virginia; and Simon Borror of Morgantown, West Virginia. Luis was married to Erlinda Almase, deceased, and to Vicki Almase.

He had many interests in life, but his greatest love besides his family, was tennis. Countless days and nights were spent at the tennis courts of Lewis County Park and Deerfield Country Club. Luis was also a voracious reader, a lover of classical music, an accomplished traveler, and a singer of bad karaoke. He was extremely generous of spirit, always willing to donate his time and money to anyone in need.

The fellowship time is scheduled for Thursday, June 19, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, and from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston for family and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, June 20, at 10:00 AM at St. Patrick’s Church of Weston with Reverend J. Stephen Vallelonga as celebrant.

Immediately following the memorial service, the family will hold a reception celebrating Luis and his life at Lambert’s Winery.

All friends are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Patrick’s Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association of West Virginia.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Dr. Luis Amancio Almase.

Howard Blaine Frymier

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Howard Blaine Frymier

Age 75 of 413 Norris Street,  Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life at 9:35 AM, June 14, 2014 at the Crestview Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Jane Lew, West Virginia, following an extended illness.

Born January 12, 1939 in Glenville, WV son of the late John Wesley and Marguerite Engle Frymier.

Howard graduated from Glenville High School and volunteered for the United States Air Force where he served a four-year term. He then returned home and received his BA Teaching Degree from Glenville State College. He taught in Baltimore County, Maryland, before moving to Carroll County, Maryland, where he retired after 30 years of service.

On September 29, 1963 he was united in marriage to Jacqueline Kay Miller.

From this union two children were born: Alan Clark of Georgia and Kimberly Kay of Westminster, Maryland. Howard was a proud grandparent to 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Howard is also survived by 2 brothers, Francis Frymier and wife Betty of Richmond, Virginia, and Clarence Frymier and wife Barbara of Tuson, Arizona, and 1 sister, Rita Huff and husband Denzil of Glenville, West Virginia.

Along with his parents, Howard was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Willard and Patrick Frymier.

Howard request for cremation has been honored and a “Celebration of Life” will be held in Westminster, Maryland, at Maggie’s on 310 East Green Street, Thursday, June 26, 2014, from 6:30-8:30 PM.

Howard is a member of the Camden Flats Baptist Church where a Memorial Service will be conducted at 11:00 AM, July 12 2014 with Pastor Dwight Goff officiating.

Friends may call from 9:00-11:00 AM, Saturday morning at the Church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Howard Frymier Scholarship Fund at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Rd, Westminster, MD 21157.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Howard Blaine Frymier with arrangements.

Barbara Franklin Cottrill

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Barbara Franklin Cottrill

Age 73 of 6557 WV Hwy 5 East of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in Charleston, West Virginia following a brief illness.

Born September 03, 1940 in Braxton County, WV, daughter of the late Stanley Noal and Mamie J. Searfass Johnson.

Barbara was Catholic by faith.

She worked as a church secretary and berry farmer. She enjoyed playing tennis, reading all the time, and watching medical mysteries on TV.

On July 07, 2012 she was united in marriage to Frank Cottrill, who survives at their WV Hwy 5 home.

Surviving are 1 son, Dr. Stan Franklin of Calgary, Canada, 1 daughter, Debbie Clark-Todd of Charleston, WV, 3 grandchildren, Dr. Chris Clark of California, Blake Franklin of Calgary, Canada, and Ashley Franklin of Ft. Collins, Colorado. She is also survived by 2 brothers, Eldon Johnson of Fairmont, WV, and David Johnson of Texas.

Along with her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Sam and Ed Johnson.

Barbara request for cremation has been honored and a celebration of life will be conducted at the St. Thomas Catholic Church, 624 Kanawha St, Gassaway, WV 26624, on June 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM with Father Mateus Ro officiating.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Barbara Cottrill with arrangements.   

Rebeccia H. McClain

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Rebeccia H. McClain

Age 47 of Center Point, WV departed this life on Monday, June 16, 2014 in Ruby Memorial Hospital.

She was born on May 16, 1967 in Clarksburg, WV a daughter of Roscoe and Eilene Yeater Davis, Wolf Summit.

She is survived by her husband, John McClain, Center Point.

Surviving is one son, Zach Davis, Clarksburg, brother, Robbie Davis, Mt. Clare, brother & sister-in-law, Todd & Connie Davis, Big Moses, mother-in-law, Mary Glaspell, Center Point, father-in-law, Roger McClain, New Milton, in-laws include, Rhonda & Brian Ash, West Union, Alicia Healey, Shinnston, Stacy McClain, New Milton, Rod McClain, Jarvisville, Angela McClain, West Union, Shawn & Laressa Glaspell, Center Point, Ray & Jennifer Leggett, Oxford, nieces, Sierra & Kaylee Davis, Gabby, Emmalea and Aaron Glaspell, Brittany Ash, Marla & Tim Landis, Jason Landis, Kenny & J.B. Healey, Gordon Swiger, Haley McClain, Candace Leggett, Stephanie & Charlie Frye, Claude Travis, Mindi Eckle, Uncles & Aunts, James and Letitia Yeater & Oscar Cain, cousins, Pat & Alice Cain, John Pat Cain, James Colin & Brennan Yeater, Carey & Mark Cain, Joe Chipps.

Becky, loved everybody and was the best cook the family had ever eaten after. She enjoyed animals, flowers, camping and being outdoors. Becky was a care-giver for many years.

She was Baptist by faith.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Chad Ash presiding.

Interment will follow in the Christian Church Cemetery, Center Point.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday June 18, 2014 from 4-8 PM and after 9 AM on Thursday until time of service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the McClain/Davis family.

Clyde Hampton Knotts

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Clyde Hampton Knotts

Born June 03, 1942 of Orma WV, passed June 13, 2014 at home of apparent heart attack.

Clyde was the ninth child of the late Earl and Lalah Keith.

He was a member of the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Spencer.

He was a retired school bus driver with the Calhoun County School System.

Surviving are his wife Judy Murphy Knotts; four sons, Brian (Barbara) Knotts of Corbett, Oregon, Ken (Marilyn) Knotts of Chicago Ill, Hampton (Michelle) Knotts of Benwood, WV, Shaun Schock of Arnoldsburg; one daughter, Bethanie Schock of Arnoldsburg; three sisters, Earlene Randolph of Tampa Fl, Kathleen Traywick of Michigan, Emagene Burcal of Spencer, WV; two brothers, Holt Knotts of Memphis TN, Charles Knotts of Avon, OH. Grandchildren Jessica, Joseph and Ciara Knotts.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, James and Dale Knotts; sisters, Arlene Dobbins and Maxine Foutty.

A funeral mass will be held at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Spencer Thursday June 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM with Father Thomas Chacko officiating.

Burial will follow in the Knotts Cemetery at Orma.

Friends may call at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Thursday prior to the funeral mass.

Stephen R. Wood

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Stephen R. Wood

In memory of Stephen R. Wood, age 57, of Arnoldsburg, WV, who passed away Tuesday June 10, 2014, peacefully at his home.

He was born in Parkersburg, WV, May 22, 1957, a son of Kenneth and Marion Carpenter Wood.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Vicki Wood and his four daughters, Emily, Christy, Heather and Stephanie as well as 6 grandchildren.

Friends and family may call at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg Monday June 16, 2014 from 12:00-2:00 PM.

Graveside services will follow in the Orma United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating.

Clifford Eugene Deem, Sr.

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Clifford Eugene Deem, Sr.

Age 70 of Harrisville, WV departed this life June 12, 2014 at his residence.

He was born at Cantwell, WV, September 05, 1943 to the late Kenneth O. and Martha Elizabeth Martin Deem.

Clifford retired from the WV Department of Highways after 30 years in maintenance. He was a very generous man who never met a stranger. He enjoyed farming and tinkering with hit and miss engines. He also loved to sit in his swing and read to his grandchildren.

He is survived by two sons, Brian Lee Deem and his wife Anna of Gilbert, AZ and Clifford Eugene Deem, Jr. and his wife Susan of Morgantown WV; grandchildren, Courtney-15, Jonathan-12, Zachary-10, Kailey-8, and Gracelynn-5; brother, Doyle Deem and wife Janice of Harrisville, WV; sisters, Dorothy Gump, Marietta, OH and Patricia (Patty) Nutter and husband Paul of Harrisville, WV; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, LaVerna Ruth Reed Deem and one brother Kenneth O. Deem, Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 6 PM, Monday, June 16, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Rev. David Adams officiating.

Burial will be in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home.

Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 4-6 PM.

Regina May Morrison

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Regina May Morrison

Age 74, of Pennsboro, WV (Highland Community), departed this life on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Marietta Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Regina was born November 14, 1939, in Parkersburg, WV, a daughter of the late Clarence E. and Kathleen I. “Midge” Snodgrass.

She spent her life as a loving homemaker for her family. She was a graduate of Pennsboro High School with the class of 1957.

She was a member of Fresh Start Ministries Church of West Union, WV where she served as the director of the food bank.

She was very active with the band boosters for the former Pennsboro High School and greatly enjoyed reading, camping, cooking, playing Bingo, quilting, and her dogs. Regina enjoyed spending every minute with her family up to the time of her passing.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Robert “Bob” Morrison; children, Pastor Roger Morrison (Patty) of Parkersburg and Teresa Wright (Ronnie) of Pennsboro, WV; grandchildren, Melissa Luther (James) and Tristian Wright; great grandchildren, Austin, Brianna, & Colton Luther and Garrett & Paxton Long; sisters, Linda Williamson (Kenny) of Pennsboro, Sharon Snodgrass of FL; brother, Ricky Snodgrass of Marietta, OH, along with several nieces & nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Gerald Snodgrass and her aunt & uncle who raised her, Wayne & Margarete Ball.

Funeral services will be 11AM Monday, June 16, 2014, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with her son, Pastor Roger Morrison officiating.

Burial will follow in the Mt. Harmony Masonic Cemetery, Pennsboro.

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Sunday, at the funeral home.

Pauline Grey Henline

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Pauline Grey Henline

Age 90, formerly of W 2nd Street, Weston, WV passed away at 10 PM on Thursday, June 12, 2014 in the Serenity Hope Assisted Living Facility in Good Hope following a courageous journey with Alzheimer’s.

She was born in Braxton County, WV on March 16, 1924 a daughter of the late Albert Myers and Amanda Warner Myers.

In May of 1952 she married Edward Criss Henline and they celebrated 54 years of marriage before his passing on August 08, 2006.

Her gentle, sweet spirit and fun-loving sense of humor will be fondly remembered by her son Harry “Jack” Myers and wife Michele of Clarksburg; two daughters: Jean Mick and husband Willie Jr. of Weston and Sharon Corathers and husband Dale Jr. of Horner, three granddaughters: Katrina Myers, Missy Sumpter and husband Travis, and Tina Myers; three grandsons: Jack Myers and wife Crissy, Nicholas Mick, and Jeffrey Mick and wife Holly; one great grandson Levi Myers; numerous nieces and nephews; and many special friends.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family being preceded in death by six brothers: Harry, Dick, Arnold, Willie, Roy and Lydle and one sister, Lottie Linger.

Pauline was retired from the WV Glass Specialty Co in Weston and was Methodist by faith. She was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed watching New York Yankee Baseball and WVU basketball. She had a special place in her heart for animals, especially cats.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the Staff of Serenity Hope for the loving, compassionate care they provided for their mother.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 9-11 AM on Monday, June 16, 2014.

Funeral Services will follow at 11 AM with Reverend Russell Furr officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Garden.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Pauline Henline.

Madeline Pearl Rose

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Madeline Pearl Rose

Age 90, of Corley, WV passed away on Friday, June 06, 2014.

She was born on January 10, 1924 and was the daughter of the late George Wesley Rose and Iva (Lough) Rose.

Madeline is survived by her first cousins, Susanna Rose and Margery Anderson. Also surviving are great nephews William and Andrew Tonkin, niece Susan Lyons, cousin Gary Herndon, and friends Alvie and Sue Loyd.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Anna Irene and Mina May Rose, brother, Harley Kenneth Rose, nephew Billy Joe Tonkin, and niece Freda Jane Lope.

Madeline attended Corley rural schools and graduated from Sutton High School. She worked for Thompson Products in Cleveland, Ohio, enrolled in Practical Nursing training and worked 3 years in Baltimore, MD. At Cleveland, Ohio, she worked in Doctor’s Hospital and Mt. Sinai Hospital from 1956 to 1966. She then returned to the family farm to care for her elderly parents.

Madeline was the longest serving member of the Corley United Methodist Church. She also later attended the Mid-State Church of God, and truly loved her church family.

Family received friends at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 225 Main Street, Flatwoods, WV on Monday June 09, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Funeral services followed from the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend William Tonkin officiated at 1:00 PM.

Interment followed services in the Tichenel Cemetery.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods is honored to be serving the Rose Family.

Mary Maxine Smith

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Mary Maxine Smith

Age 91, formerly of 613 Locust Avenue Weston, WV, passed away in Clearwater, Florida following a brief illness.

She was born June 08, 1923: daughter of the late Albert Clarence Jordan and Mayme (Swisher) Jordan.

On January 26, 1943, she married her high school sweetheart, Richard L. Smith, who preceded her in death October 24, 2010.

Mrs. Smith is survived by two sons: David Lee Smith of Gallatin, TN and Robert Stephen Smith (Michelle) of Tampa, FL. Also surviving are four grandchildren: Carol Ann Hall (David), Clinton R. Smith, Jaime Heckert (Jerry) and Christopher Smith, five great-grandchildren: Corey R. Smith (Vickie), Christen Smith, Benjamin Hall, Chloe Hall, and Noah Smith and two great-great-grandchildren: Coutney and Kaitlyna Smith. She was also survived by one sister: Ada Williams, two sister-in-laws: Doris Lee Jordan and Alicia Smith and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Dick, Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by a daughter: Barbara Jean Smith and he brother: Rex A. Jordan.

Mrs. Smith and her husband owned and operated Dick Smith Jewelry in Weston for many years.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church for many years.

She was also a member of Weston Garden Club and the Teresa Snaith Auxiliary for many years starting at the old Weston City Hospital as a volunteer. Mrs. Smith attended Peterson School and graduated from Weston High School with the “Class of 1942.”

Maxine loved her family deeply and loved to work crossword and jig saw puzzles.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, June 13, 2014 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend David Krum officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Mary Maxine Smith.

David Protheroe Sartelle

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David Protheroe Sartelle

Age 72, of Exchange, WV passed away on Monday, May 26, 2014.

He was born on November 24, 1942 and was the son of the late Hallie Sartelle and Jean (Emery) Sartelle.

David is survived by his daughters, Wend LaFlair and Crystal (Eric) Newvine. Also surviving are brothers, John Sartelle and William Sartelle and sisters, Teddy Sartelle and Jerry Ann Lique and four grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, David is preceded in death by one granddaughter.

David loved gardening, and enjoyed guns, knives, antiques, and repairing things. He was a mechanic by trade. He was an outdoorsman; and had a great love for the woods.

Per David’s request, his body will be cremated.

There will not be a public service held.

Family members will have a private memorial service in his honor.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods is honored to be serving the Sartelle Family.

Mavis M. Carey

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Mavis M. Carey

Passed away May 24,2014 Mavis was born September 27,1934.

She was the daughter of (Toni) Juanita June (Eddy) Smith and Bernie Denzil Smith of Parkersburg.

(Martown) Mavis is survived by her Husband Francis M Carey of Burnsville, WV.

Mavis was long time resident of Martins Ferry Ohio and (Las Vegas) Henderson NV.

Mavis has three sisters Patricia Ashworth(preceeded ) Dayton, Ohio. Donna Mc Cune, Cumming, GA and Karen Brunner St Mary’s WV.

Mavis was blessed with three children Carl Steven Ryan Hebron Ohio and Wife Sharon, Debra Ryan Peters Burnsville and Husband David C. and Dawn Ryan Bero Martins Ferry Ohio and husband Jim.

Seven grandchildren (Steve) Bobette Yocum and Carl Ryan both of Columbus Ohio, (Debra) Bari Lyn and Toni Marie both of Maryland and Brady and Shayne Heater both of Burnsville WV and (Dawn) James Pittsburgh PA. Nine great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to Barbara Anson of Burnsville as Mom would say like a sister, and the Braxton Rehabilitation Center in Sutton/Flatwoods WV. To all the staff and friends that showed and cared with their love and heart. Mavis ‘s family sincerely thank you.

A private ceremony will be held in Kettering Ohio

Mavis requested balloons to be released.

We will do so in her honor on her Birthday September 27.

If you would like to do something in mom’s honor; at your convenience Please have your special moment and send her a balloon and prayer from your heart from where ever you are.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, WV has been entrusted in caring for the Carey family.

Robert Woodrow “Woody” Davis

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Robert Woodrow “Woody” Davis

Age 89, of Belpre, OH, formerly of Petroleum, Ritchie County, WV, departed this life on June 11, 2014 at his residence, four months to the day of his beloved wife Wilma’s passing.

Woody was born June 13, 1924 in West Union, WV, the son of the late Clifford and Grace (Putnam) Davis.

He was retired after 30 years of working in maintenance and production for the former Union Carbide plant and was a proud WWII veteran of the US Army where he was stationed in the Pacific in New Guinea and the Philippines.

He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Frederick (Ron) of Belpre, OH; son-in-law, Roger Hilkey of Ellenboro, WV; five grandchildren, Robert Hilkey (Rosie) of Harrisville, James D. Williams of CO, Jeffrey Williams of NV, Amanda Sampson (Shane) of Tuppers Plains, OH, and Aimee Metz (Lucas) of Belpre, OH; four great-grandchildren, Chyanna Hilkey, Mason Sampson, Anna Sampson and Bella Metz; and sisters, Diora Metz of Parkersburg and Nanny Kenney of Amesville, OH.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Wilma Edith (Boston) Davis in February 2014; daughters, Sharon Williams and Barbara Hilkey, and six brothers & two sisters.

A memorial service to honor Woody’s life will be 5 PM, Friday, June 13, 2014, at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Lucas Metz officiating.

Visitation will be from 4-5 PM on Friday, at the funeral home.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the Marietta Home Health & Hospice for their loving care and support.

Charles Ray Carr

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Charles Ray Carr

Age 84, went to be with the Lord on June 08, 2014, from his home in Sutton, WV following an extended illness.

He was born January 28, 1930, the fourth child of ten to the late Wesley Clark and Georgie Duckworth Carr of Sand Fork, WV.

He is preceded in death by his parents and also three brothers, Brown Carr, Wesley Carr, and Carl Carr, and Ray’s own son, Stanley Ray Carr.

Ray is survived by his loving wife Rita Mullins Carr, and his three daughters, Patti Carr and partner Rodger Belknap of Sutton, WV, Debbie Helton and husband Greg of Greenback, TN, and Brenda Crews and husband Chris of Woodstock, NY. Grandchildren: Jessica Junk Jarrett, Michael Junk, Lindsey Carr James, Kara Carr, Madelyn Crews and Lylah crews. Ray was proud of three great-grandchildren Hunter James, Eason Jarrett, and Natalee Dixon. Surviving brothers and sisters include, Howard Carr and wife June of Sand Fork, WV; John Paul Carr and wife Jean of New Martinsville, WV; Lilly Robinson of Sutton, WV and Virgie Weiler of Germantown, OH; Violet June Askins and husband Emory of Germantown OH; Naomi Jarvis and husband Jack of Palm Bay, FL. Also a large part of Ray’s family is 23 nieces and nephews, along with many, many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Ray loved the Lord and was a member of Sugar Creek Baptist church.

He was employed in Baltimore, MD at Martin Marietta Aircraft and also United Parcel Service. Returning to his home of WV in 1984, he owned and operated Carr’s Service Center the Exxon for several years. He truly enjoyed being a mechanic. Ray loved his family; he was a hardworking man, honest and kind. He’d do anything possible to help you in need. This special, lovely man will be greatly missed by family and friends. He leaves us all with the most cherished memories.

In lieu of flowers memorial fund donations may be made to Rita Carr, P.O. Box 212, Sutton, WV 26601.

Service will be 11 AM Friday, June 13, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Allen Legg officiating.

Burial will be in the Frame Cemetery, Sutton.

Friends may call from 6-9 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Harry E. Myer, Jr.

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Harry E. Myer, Jr.

Age 48, of West Union, WV (Central Station Community) passed away Saturday June 07, 2014, as a result of an automobile accident in Ritchie County, /WV.

Harry was born October 25, 1965 in Cleveland, OH, a son of the late Harry E. Myer, Sr. and Alice (Duncan) Myer of West Union, WV (Central Station Community).

Harry was employed by Simonton Windows in Ellenboro, WV where he worked in production and safety for the past 15 years. He also worked many years at Butch’s Body Shop of West Union, WV and served as a proud member of Butch ‘s Pit Crew. Harry was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and greatly enjoyed hunting, racing, and the outdoors.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his siblings, Pam Brown (Stacey) and Kenneth “Rick” Myer (Dianna) both of West Union, WV (Central Station Community); Yvonne Myer of Pennsboro, WV; nephews, Donovan Burgess, Robert Harris, Dean Eakle; nieces, Natasha Sellers, Elizabeth Harris, Allison Sellers, Shawna Myer, Rebecca Harris, and his great niece, Peyton Sellers.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his step father, Robert “Zero” Myer.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Thursday, June 12, 2014, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, with Pastor Danny Lipscomb officiating.

Burial will follow in the Duckworth Cemetery near Greenwood, WV where full military honors will be conducted.

Visitation will be from 4:008:00 PM on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Douglas Keith Ritchie

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Douglas Keith Ritchie

Age 51, of Big Springs, WV passed away June 05, 2014 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV.

He was born in Wood County, the son of the late Dale and Betty Jean (Wilson) Ritchie.

He was a member of Prosperity Baptist Church where he served as grounds keeper.

Doug loved life, never met a stranger and was an avid Dallas Cowboy’s fan!

He is survived by his wife, Teresa Dawn Ritchie; three daughters, Aimee Racy, Haleigh Bonnette and Katie Ritchie, all of Parkersburg, WV; two brothers, Mike (Teresa) Ritchie and Calvin (Bette) Ritchie of Big Springs, WV; two sisters, Connie Shaffer of Ripley, WV and Roberta (Jane) Friedman of Alum Bridge, WV; and three grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a previous wife, Linza Ritchie.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 09, 2014, 2:00 PM, at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. Ken Heiney officiating.

Burial will follow in the Saunders Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:00-2:00 PM prior to the services.

Brooks Moody

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Brooks Moody

Age 95, of Dry Fork Rd. Weston, WV joined God’s choir at 2:20PM on Saturday June 07, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following a general wearing-out process from living a long and prosperous life.

He blessed this Earth when he was born in Rocky Fork, Gilmer County, WV on June 28, 1918, a son of the late Lloyd B. Moody and Alice Conrad Moody.

On June 12, 1943 he married his childhood sweetheart, the beautiful Ruth Taylor and they celebrated 51 years of marriage before her passing on October 15, 1994.

His quick wit and heart-filled faith will be carried on by his children: two sons: Brooks Junior Moody and wife, Pat, of Pricetown, and Dana B. Moody and wife, Wanda, of Dry Fork; One daughter, Jennifer Peters and husband, Kenny, of Weston; daughter-in-law, Nancy Moody of Glenville; nine grandchildren: Carl Moody and wife Sandi, Andy Moody and wife Lisa, Lynn Hammond and husband Dave, Mike Moody, Tracy Duncan and husband Jack, Lisa Hawkins and companion Bruce, Melody Moody, Mark Peters and wife Joyce; nine great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; two sisters: Garnett McKinney and Mary Chappel, both of Warren OH; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he will be reunited in heaven with his son, Clarence Raymond Moody; one granddaughter, Melissa Diana Moody; two brothers: Major and Elmer Moody; and four sisters: Flora Workman, Dora Barker, Opal Cooper, and Angie Jackson.

In 1980, Brooks retired from Consolidated Natural Gas Company with several years of service. He enjoyed watching baseball, playing Dominoes with his grandchildren, and picnicking at Rocky Fork. He was a member of the CCC Camps in Randolph County in the Forestry Division.

He had a special place in his heart for gospel music and loved to share his stories about “the good ole’ days”. He faithfully tuned in to the Saturday morning Swap Shop on WHAW Radio and entertained the listening audience with his favorite songs, like The Circuit-Riding Preacher.

He was a faithful member of the Miles Chapel United Methodist Church in Pricetown, where he was a lay speaker, choir member, and song leader. He also sang with the Soul Seekers and Mountaineer Gospel Quartet for many years.

Friends and family will gather to celebrate Brook’s richly authentic life at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 3:30-8:00 PM on Tuesday June 10, 2014.

On Wednesday, the body will lie in state at the Miles Chapel United Methodist Church from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM.

Funeral Services will follow at 1:00 PM with Reverend Ronzel Roberts, Reverend Paul Thompson and Reverend Martin Wine officiating.

Interment will follow in the Freemansburg Cemetery.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Brooks Moody.

Ohmen Creal “Bob” Wilson

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Ohmen Creal “Bob” Wilson

Age 101, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Friday, June 06, 2014, after a short stay at Pine View Nursing & Rehabilitation of Harrisville, WV.

Bob was born April 04, 1913, at King Knob near Harrisville, WV, a son of the late Irvin Bruce and Ella Elizabeth (Haddox) Wilson.

Bob was a proud graduate of Harrisville High School with the class of 1935 where he played football and basketball. During World War II, Bob served as a railroad guard for the B&O Railroad in Philadelphia, PA. He worked as a carpenter by trade for many years and belonged to the Carpenter’s Union of Paden City, WV and Bob also spent his time as a farmer raising black angus cattle for many years.

He was a longtime member of the Pennsboro United Methodist Church.

He was also member of Harmony Lodge #59 of Pennsboro, O’Dell S. Long Chapter 25 of the Knights Templar, Order of Eastern Star #26 of Pennsboro, and was an avid WVU fan. Bob loved gospel and bluegrass music and greatly enjoyed playing his guitar and organ and playing square dance music in various bands. Bob and his late wife Jo were well known for their community block parties that they hosted at their home and for the 24 winters they spent in Big Pine Key, FL.

He is survived by his three children, Edmund B. Wilson, Pennsboro, WV; Julian K. Wilson, Parkersburg, WV, and Diana Benedum, Pennsboro, WV (River Road Community); grandchildren, Edmund Bruce Wilson II, Pennsboro, WV; Lauren Elise Benedum, Pennsboro, WV; Richard Kerry Wilson, Parkersburg; Matt Douglas Wilson, Parkersburg; Angela Dawn Wilson, Denver, CO, along with many loving nieces & nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Clytice “Josephine” Wilson in 2010; brothers, Denver, Cleo, Clell, Laco, Nile, and Oral Wilson and sisters, Leontine Shook, Tarsha Rexroad, Wanda Wile, Eileen DeShong, and Clondell Waller.

Funeral Services will be 11 AM, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Pastor Kelly Martin officiating.

Burial will follow in the King Knob Cemetery, near Harrisville, WV where full Masonic rites will be conducted by Harmony Lodge #59.

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Tuesday at the funeral home.

John W. Hickman

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John W. Hickman

Age 77 of Collins Run Road, Glenville, West Virginia, went to be with the Lord, Friday evening June 06, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Born July 07, 1936 in Gilmer Station, West Virginia, son of the late Oscar Hiram and Mamie Lou Crutchfield Hickman.

John began working in the coal mines of Gilmer County at age 16 and retired in 1995 with 43 years experience. In his younger years he enjoyed going to automobile races and taking care of his 5 beautiful children.  John loved fishing, spending time outdoors, listening and dancing to loud country music with his children, having long conversations about the Bible, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He was also a Christian by faith.

On August 01, 1958 he was united in marriage to Mary Frances Cosner,  who survives at their Collins Run home.

Surviving are 5 children, Brenda Rexroad and husband Frank of Turkey Fork, Dusk Camp, WV; Jerry Hickman and companion Mae of Gassaway, WV; Pam Moss and husband John of Glenville, WV; Liz Hickman of Glenville, WV; and Charlene Dulude and husband Dean of Glenville, WV.

There are 9 grandchildren surviving, Jonathan Rexroad and wife Tracy, Lisa Marie Phares and husband Alex, Michelle Jamison and husband Matt, Nathan Jamison, Jessica Hutchinson and husband David, Jacqulyn Swiger and husband Timothy, Ashley Moss Smith and husband Charlie, Travis Moss, and Daniel Dulude and companion Megan.

He is also survived by 7 great grandchildren.

Along with his parents John was preceded in death by 1 sister, Phyllis Marie Carson.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351 at 1:00 PM Tuesday, June 10, 2014 with Pastor Bryan Groves and Chaplin Bryon Bukovesky officiating.

Burial will follow in the Steele Cemetery, on Turkey Fork.

Friends may call from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (the funeral hour) Tuesday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of John W. Hickman with arrangements.

Veon “Babe” Davis

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Veon “Babe” Davis

Age 86, of Sutton, WV went home to be with the Lord on Friday June 06, 2014.

He was born on October 15, 1927 in Centralia to the late Lloyd and Elsie (Lucky) Davis.

“Babe” was a member and former superintendent and trustee of The Wayside Community Church in Sutton. He cherished the opportunity to tell others about his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and bible study. Through out his life Babe worked in the timber industry, managed The Laurel Court Esso of Flatwoods. Babe will be best remembered as co-owner and operator of Babe and Ann’s Grocery on Wolf Creek Road in Sutton. He served his country in World War II as a military policeman in the U.S. Army.

Those left to cherish his memory is his wife of sixty one years, Ann Morton Davis, children, Sharon Wine (Buddy) of Myrtle Beach, SC, Bruce Davis (Debbie) of Sutton, and Mike Davis (Regina) of Little Birch, grandchildren, Lindsay Wine of Marietta, GA, Garrett Wine of Greenville, SC, Erica Davis Shaver of Morgantown, WV and Meredith Davis Wine of Morgantown, WV, step granddaughter, Lori Ann Stover of Little Birch, great grandchildren, Brooklyn and Masen Wine and Madison and Rylan Shaver all of Morgantown, WV, step great grandchild, Troy Stover of Little Birch, brother Victor Davis of Sutton and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 08, 2014 at 3:00 PM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Bobbie Dale Harper and Rev. Tom Harper officiating.

Burial will follow at Morton Family Cemetery, Sutton.

Friends may call two hours prior to services at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers family suggest donations be made to: Wayside Community Church 1092 Old Turnpike Rd. Sutton, WV 26601.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Davis family.

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